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Treating Syrian Refugee Children with Dr. Flavia Lamberghini

Dr. Flavia Lamberghini, a pediatric dentist and Assistant Professor in the pediatric dentistry department at University of Illinois Chicago, recently spoke to Dr. Suham Alexander about her experience in treating Syrian refugee children. Dr. Lamberghini, sympathetic to the situation of the Syrian refugees, was able to connect with the Syrian community in Chicago through a patient of hers to organize a day dedicated to serving this population. With the help of colleagues in her practice, educational materials were translated into Arabic and Arabic-speaking translator were asked to volunteer to help on the designated clinical day. The day not only provided ...

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The Minnesota Collaborative Rural Oral Health Project (MN-CROHP)

Dr. Naty Lopez, from the School of Dentistry in the University of Minnesota, spoke with Dr. Chiraz Guessaier about a recently implemented program aimed at encouraging new graduates to practice in rural areas. Dr. Lopez is Associate Professor in Dental Public Health and Assistant Dean of Admissions and Diversity in the U of MN School of Dentistry.  Highlights The “Minnesota Collaborative Rural Oral Health” project is a 5-year training program funded by the US Dept. of Health and Human Services to help address the lack of access to oral health care in rural populations as well as lack of oral health ...

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Problems and Solutions for Interprofessional Education in North American Dental Schools

Dr. Sara Gordon, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the School of Dentistry at the University of Washington, spoke with Dr. Chiraz Guessaier about a recent article she co-authored with Dr Bruce Donoff and which was published in Dental Clinics of North America, titled: Problems and Solutions for Interprofessional Education in North American Dental Schools. Highlights Dentistry should be included in interprofessional care as it is integral to overall health. Dentists are team players in optimizing health and as such, should be able to collaborate and communicate comfortably with other health care professionals. Interprofessional education (IPE) plays an important role in the ...

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Refugee Child Oral Health with Dr. Elisha Riggs

Dr. Elisha Riggs, author of the concise review published in Oral Diseases (July 2016), spoke with Dr. Chiraz Guessaier about the review and its implications for oral health interventions for refugees.  Highlights This topic is of increasing importance as we witness the global movement of people fleeing their homes. Countries, services and healthcare professionals should be prepared to meet the needs of refugees as they work towards settling into a new country after a, sometimes, traumatic journey. The latest evidence regarding supporting children and their families with respect to oral health needs includes: 1. Barriers in accessing oral care Overall, ...

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Advocating for Soda Taxes: How Oral Health Professionals Fit In

Ms. Alisha Somji, MPH, spoke with Dr. Chiraz Guessaier about the recent article that she c0-authored in the Journal of the California Dental Association about the role of oral health professionals in advocating for soda taxes and sugar impact on oral health.  Highlights This article was written after Berkeley Media Studies Group analyzed media involving sugary drinks and found information on the effect of sugar on oral health was absent in coverage. The information was linked to diabetes and/or obesity while dental caries remains a chronic preventable disease. Sugar taxes are voted on in several communities. The voices of dental ...

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Dr. Neil Gajjar, Elected Vice President to the Academy of General Dentistry

Dr. Neil Gajjar, General Dentist in the Greater Toronto Area, is elected Vice President to the Academy of General Dentistry. Highlights The AGD’s mandate is to provide guidance, mentorship and professional education for its members from which Dr. Gajjar has benefitted both professionally and personally. As the organization looks ahead, it will focus its efforts on membership recruitment and retention. As demographics change in dentistry, the organization realizes it must morph to meet the changing needs of the members. The Canadian AGD is a very strong, active chapter which provides valuable CE courses at no cost for members and holds ...

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Dr. Amarjit Rihal New Chair of the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada

Dr. Amarjit Rihal, from Manitoba, spoke with Dr. Chiraz Guessaier about his recent election to Chair of the Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada. Highlights The Commission on Dental Accreditation of Canada (CDAC) is a national body responsible for accrediting dental, dental specialty, dental assisting and dental hygiene programs in Canada and is comprised of various stakeholders. The commission reviews educational programs and services via structured on-site survey visits. As Chair, Dr. Rihal serves as the spokesperson of the Commission and the liaison with external stakeholders in conjunction with the CDAC Director Mr. Frederic Duguay. The committees and the Commission meet ...

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Global Health Through Oral Health: Issues & Challenges with Dr. Lois Cohen

Dr. Lois Cohen, Consultant and Paul G. Rogers Ambassador for Global Health Research, spoke with Dr. Chiraz Guessaier about her participation in the Women Dentist Worldwide Forum during the FDI World Congress in Poznan Poland. Highlights Dr. Cohen spoke at the FDI’s Women Dentist Worldwide Forum in Poland about “Global Health through Oral Health: Issues and Challenges”. She focused on global trends in oral health and their implications for gender issues. The World Health Organization defines health as: … not only the absence of infirmity and disease, but is also the state of physical, mental and social well-being. Global health problems, issues ...

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